Best Of

Best Community Theater


Founded in 1997 and based in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the community theater organization Falconworks draws many of its staff, performers, and audience members from the neighborhood and pitches its programming toward issues of local concern. In summer 2016, Falconworks produced The Sandy Monologues, a devised-theater piece presented in a local magnet school, relating the experiences of Red Hook residents during and after the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Sandy. Several of the performers were neighborhood teens, and performances were followed by open discussions about the continuing consequences of Sandy and opportunities for residents to seek assistance and relief. The company also regularly runs a youth-oriented “Off the Hook” program, in which Red Hook kids and teens write and produce original plays. Falconworks will next turn its attention to creating a new play with music on the subject of race, taking inspiration from the writings of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michelle Alexander, and WEB Du Bois, among others.